Monday, May 20, 2013
On Monday, May 20 from 5 – 6 p.m.
(The following is an announcement submitted by the office of Atlanta City Council) Major crime in Atlanta is down 18 percent since 2010. However, the recent rash of petty thefts, including iPhone thefts or "Apple picking", has created the perception that crime is worse than ever. On Monday, May 20from 5 – 6 p.m., Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell will host his first “Twitter Chat” to hear the public’s opinions and ideas on how best to combat crime in the city. Monday’s chat is an invitation from the Council President for anyone on Twitter to participate in an open exchange about crime in Atlanta and to share ideas on solutions to continue the decline. Questions addressed during the Twitter Chat will be selected both in …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The attorney who was running in District 2 says it's not the right time for him to run for the seat that represents Poncey-Highland.
Todd Robinson is withdrawing his candidacy for the District 2 seat on the Atlanta City Council. Some of the neighborhoods in District 2 include Poncey Highlands, the Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park and Midtown. Redrawn district lines will go into effect in 2014. Robinson, a 32-year-old attorney who lives in Midtown, announced a few weeks ago that he was running. He said in a Tuesday email to Patch: I have informed my supporters that I am withdrawing my name from consideration in this year's Atlanta City Council election. After further consideration and discussions with my family, I have come to the realization that the timing of my effort is not quite right. I will continue to serve my community in many other ways and will re-evaluate …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
District 6 Councilman Alex Wan introduces legislation supporting marriage equality.
During the same Monday meeting in which it controversially voted to give itself a more than 50 percent pay raise, the Atlanta City Council tackled another hot topic by approving a resolution to support marriage equality. District 6 Councilman Alex Wan introduced the legislation and the resolution passed by an 11-2 vote with councilmembers Howard Shook and C.T. Martin voting against. Since the state has in place a constitutional ban on marriage equality, the resolution is expected to have almost no legal impact in Georgia. But it certainly caused celebration in certain portions of the gay-friendly communities of Midtown, Virginia-Highland, and Morningside that Wan represents. On his Facebook page Monday evening, Wan posted: "Proud to share …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
City councilors voted on Monday to give themselves a 50 percent pay hike. Tell us what you think by taking our Patch poll.
The Atlanta City Council voted on Monday to give its members a 50-percent pay increase after the city's 2012 elections. The pay increases of about $20,000 will increase the salaries of the city council to more than $60,000. Alex Wan, who represents much of Virginia Highland and Druid Hills on the council, joined nine other members in voting for the pay hike. The last time the council was recommended to increase its members' salaries by the Elected Officials Compensation Commission was in 2008, and the council rejected to take the pay increase.
Monday, December 3, 2012
After six years without a raise, members of the council are set to consider whether or not to give themselves a 52 percent pay increase.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Do you think the Atlanta City Council deserves a raise? The council is expected to discuss just that at Monday’s 1 p.m. meeting. According to WSB Radio, the raise would represent a 52 percent uptick from a yearly salary of $39,473 a year to $69,300. A citizen’s committee has recommended the raise saying it would make the council’s pay comparable to those who represent municipalities similar in size to Atlanta. If approved, it would be the council’s first pay raise in six years and would not go into effect until after the 2013 elections. Mayor Kasim Reed would also be in line for a raise, from $147,500 to $184,300, but he has said would probably veto the measure. District 2 Councilman Kwanza Hall told WXIA-TV that he was not inclined to …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Council approves to plug revenue shortfall.
The Atlanta City Council on Monday approved a controversial ordinance that raises fines for motorists who leave their cars parked at meter after their allotted time has expired. The vote — 8-4 — follows several weeks of discussion and debate regarding the unpopular measure. Several residents spoke out against the measure, urging the council to vote it down because they said PARKatlanta, the Milwaukee-based company contracted to enforce parking rules, wrote tickets illegally, double-ticketed or had misleading signage. One woman recounted how a PARKatlanta official ticketed her as she waited for another motorist to exit their parking space. Nevertheless, the Atlanta City Council approved. The measure is fueled by the city's efforts to recoup…
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Councilman Alex Wan votes for it
Atlanta residents will get the chance to have their say on Sunday alcohol sales this November. The Atlanta City Council on Tuesday voted 9-2 for the measure, which lets voters decide if they will authorize the city council to allow and regulate Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor. The question — Ordinance #11-O-1169 — will be placed on the Nov. 8, 2011 City of Atlanta Special Election ballot. That ballot also would include the referendum to continue the extension of the the penny sales tax by Atlanta Public Schools and to fill the vacant Atlanta Board of Education District 2 seat. Councilman Alex Wan, who represents the neighborhoods that comprise Virginia-Highland-Druid Hills Patch, voted in favor of the measure. Natalyn Archibong, …